It's all good, my snark detector is being quiet Spotting in RL is so much easier and more natural than what we have to do in the sims. I've spotted light GA airplanes doing pattern work when I've flown near airports while over 30,000ft high which is about 9km...good luck doing that here. 50km is definitely a long way to see airplanes and I do think that is excessive, but at 50km away you're not exactly in a position to do anything about it and if we had a better system of spotting anyway it's kind of made redundant because everyone would have a much better chance of detecting people coming towards them. The last few sessions of MP for me I've done several "bogey gathering turns" looking directly where the guy should be (either at 7 or 5 o'clock) but I barely see them until they're inside of 1km about to start shooting at me which is ridiculous at the regular field of view. We must be able to spot aircraft without needing to zoom everywhere. The zoom is compensating for lack of pixel density compared to what our eyes see, so we need a decent scaling system and more contrast on the airplanes in general so we don't need to reduce the field of view by zooming at all when scanning for targets. Right now this mod may be a problem, but long term if we get visibility addressed I don't see it as a problem. I don't believe it's worth throwing dev resources at this right now when the system could change to negate it anyway.
From another thread I wrote this about visibility:
"Assuming high environmental visibility, which is what we have in the sim, we should be seeing fighter sized targets easily to 5nm (9km), but out to a max of around 7nm (13km). When I was learning to fly and while flight instructing I would not only see small general aviation airplanes at 5nm routinely, but regain the tally quickly after looking away. In the airliner I fly now I have no problems seeing planes like the CRJ, E175, B737, A320, etc at rear aspect etc out to 15-17nm (27-37km). A little further if they're turning and showing greater planform. C17, A380, etc can be seen even further still. Yes, of course they're bigger but I'm seeing them much further and wouldn't expect to see fighters out that far personally"
This is not directed at you Kestrel, but keeping the status quo of how visibility works now in the name of "realism" is an invalid argument in my opinion.